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April 2016

New University Research Information System

(4 April 2016)

Academic research staff are asked to note two upcoming and significant changes:

  • The new University Open Access policy, which reflects changing requirements from HEFCE
  • The replacement of eScholar, the current University institutional repository, with the new system, Pure.

Open Access

New HEFCE and University policies require that all peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers accepted from 1 April 2016 must be Open Access.

On acceptance, authors will be required to deposit their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) with the Library using the Library Deposit Form. This has been available since 1 April 2016 and will ensure the publication is recorded in the University institutional repository.

Detailed guidance on the process is available on the Library webpages and colleagues are encouraged to read this. The Library Scholarly Communication Team are also available to answer any questions: 


The second significant change is the move to the new University research information system, Pure, which will have its first-phase roll-out in April. The key messages to note about this change are that: 

  • Authors who deposit peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers using the Library Deposit Form will not be affected by the change of systems. All deposits made using the form will be added to the University repository (initially eScholar and then, once live, Pure) and this will be done by Library staff.
  • All current records and new deposits made in eScholar will be migrated automatically to Pure. However, any amendments made to existing records in eScholar before Pure is live may not be migrated. Therefore, anyone needing to make edits to existing eScholar records should contact the Library Scholarly Communication Team (details below). Amendments include editing metadata and adding full text file.
  • Any new staff will be able to upload their pre-April 2016 publications directly into Pure.

The Library and the Pure Project Team are working together to ensure that transitioning to the new arrangements is as smooth as possible.

Both teams are available to answer any questions, and a series of briefings to staff are underway. Training sessions and guides for all academic research staff will also be made available shortly. The Pure Support Team are available to answer any questions:

Regular updates from the project team are available on the Faculty Research Office page and the CRIS Project website.